Depending on where you stumble across this rather special and supremely focused South Yarra Japanese restaurant, you might find it goes by its shorter name, as it does here, or by its full, formal name: Wagyu Ya Japanese Indoor Smokeless Charcoal Grill Restaurant. Henceforth known simply and affectionately as Wagyu Ya, we can affirm that this is the place if you’re looking to explore the legend that is Wagyu beef in Melbourne. Here at Wagyu Ya’s Toorak Road premises you can find more than ten different cuts of the famously marbled meat, incorporated into a wide variety of traditional and innovative Japanese dishes cooked on specially imported charcoal grills. At Wagyu Ya you can indulge until the cows come home!
Wagyu cattle are native to Japan and are considered a vital part of the nation’s culinary heritage. This kind of Japanese beef is famous for its heavy marbling which, while critics might claim is simply fat, in fact has a number of health benefits, including the lowering of cholesterol. More importantly for Melbourne’s famously discerning gourmets, Wagyu’s marbling imparts that unmistakable melt-in-the-mouth texture and delicately sweet flavour. Without a doubt, South Yarra’s Wagyu Ya is the city’s preeminent shrine to the cult of Wagyu, offering more than ten cuts that canvas the range of grades up to a marble index of 12.
Outside of Japan, Australia is the world’s largest producer of Wagyu beef, typically grain-feeding the stock for the last 300 to 500 days of production. Western Australia's Margaret River ranchers go so far as to add red wine to their beloved cattle’s feed! Here at Wagyu Ya along South Yarra’s Toorak Road, you can explore the full esoteric force of the Wagyu phenomenon, with the Wagyu Ya Luxe Set menu using beef with a marble score of 9 or more and including a special omakase platter, and the opulent Wagyu Ya Econ Set for four people firing up the charcoal grill to present a sample of four different kinds of Wagyu alongside a range of other premium Japanese dishes. A must for Melbourne foodies, say hai to Wagyu Ya and book your tables now!
Had a great time and great food. Will come back again.
Nice food and excellent experience. Must come back next time!
The food was great. The staff were very Helpful for meat selection and cooking tips. We had a great night out. Would recommend this place to anyone.
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Wagyu Ya have successfully replicated a typical grill restaurant in Japan in terms of layout, ambience and food quality. There is an extensive variety of premium quality meat cuts and Japanese beer, sake, shochu and whiskey. There is even a separate menu for marble 10+ wagyu which I highly recommend. The desserts are delicate yet have the subtle notes of typical japanese flavours of yuzu and matcha. The staff are very accommodating. Although the price is on the dearer side, it's worth it as this is the standard you receive in Japan. I highly recommend this place.
Upon walking into the restaurant i was excited, but that excitement did not last as once we were sat down, there was no explanation of the menus. Further more once we had ordered our Luxe set, no explanation of each item was described to us. When the main star came out, cuts of wagyu. They were still cold and clearly straight from the fridge, this leaving 2/4 cuts we received were more rubbery then I have experienced with Wagyu. The seafood left a lot to be desired and our fruit platter was rushed out even before there was confirmation of the staff that we had finished. Our experience was further dulled as my girlfriend received the bad end of some charcoal in her eye as they were taking the bbq away. When we alerted staff as we were went to pay our bill, we were meet with a "uhh..sorry? did you want pay cash or card" Baffled by the poor response we paid and left with an even more sour taste. I really wanted to like this place but each step of the dinner left me with a more sour taste of the place, the only positive was ambience with the painted walls and lantern lights. After such a poor experience it is no a place that i would recommend to friends or family.
great food service ambience experience selection people chef friendly environment drinks pricey though but good place to enjoy with friends and soak in the great smells of great beef selects and grills. must book early and must still wait to be seated even after booking. worth waiting though because food is yummy. young pretty waitresses and handsome waiters something to occupy your time whilst waiting for seat then food and then bill.
Absolutely love the food and service. The flavour and presentation is as close to true Japanese outside of Japan that I have found. We took family that don't normally enjoy Japanese food and they really enjoyed the BBQ. The Tori Karaage chicken and wings were delish. The only thing I thought could have improved our dining experience was water on our table and the pork for BBQ could be little thicker.
Very nice food. Friendly staffs. We have 8 adults and 1 kid, all of them liked the food in Wagyu Ya very much. Price is a little bit expensive, but the quality is really good.
Wonderful place, we ordered 3 different kinds of meat for BBQ including the second highest grade Wagyu, the OX tongue and oyster blade. The marbling on all three cuts were spectacular. Our favourite dish was the oyster blade which was one of the cheaper cuts on the menu but the most delicious. We also ordered scallops for our appetizer. It was yummy but nothing special.